Cavern of Chaos
Cave entrance
Location Wistful Wild
Sublevels 10
Treasures 17
Total Pokos PokoIconx1940 (NTSC) or 1920 (PAL)
FireWaterElectricityPoisonBoulders and Falling RocksExplosionsHazardbuttonsall

The Cavern of Chaos is the first cave found in the Wistful Wild level found in Pikmin 2. It's easy to get there, since it's a short walk from your landing site. All you have to do is defeat a Swooping Snitchbug, two Dwarf Red Bulborbs, and a Decorated Cannon Beetle. Instead of losing Pikmin, punch the Bulborbs and let the Cannon Beetle's rocks hit itself. If the Gatling Groink comes, use the Cannon Beetle's rocks, use Pikmin, or escape to the cave.




  • Subterranean Complex
  • Graphite Gulch
  • Hole of Beasts
  • Rest Area
  • Red Chasm
  • Dweevil's Dugout
  • Shower Room
  • Jellyfloat Pool
  • Boss Battle

Complete Guide

Sublevel 1

  • Hazards: ???x Bomb-rocks (Careening Dirigibugs), 3x electric generators, fire (Blowhog), water (Blowhog), abyss
  • Enemies: 3x Careening Dirigibugs, 1x Fiery Blowhog, 1x Watery Blowhog
  • Treasures: Mirth Sphere, Enamel Buster

Bomb Rocks, electrical hazards, Careening Dirigibugs, Fiery Blowhog and one Watery Blowhog are all cramped into this small space. Dismiss your Pikmin and go out with one Captain, moving the bomb-rocks towards the generators/Blowhogs. Once those are cleared out, take all of your Pikmin and attack each Careening Dirigibug, one at a time. Try to keep your Red Pikmin out of trouble, as they will be needed on the next sublevel, and also be especially careful not to throw any Pikmin over the edge. The two treasures, the Mirth Sphere and the Enamel Buster, are both anywhere above ground; however, if they are in a dead-end, be careful of a falling bomb-rock and be extremely careful of the Bomb Rock that might occasionally fall in the general area. Once all the treasures are collected, find the hole and jump down.

Sublevel 2

  • Hazards: Fire (Bulblaxes), abyss
  • Enemies: 3x Swooping Snitchbugs, 3x Fiery Bulblaxes
  • Treasures: Frosty Bauble, Gemstar Wife, Essence of Despair (all in Bulblaxes)

This sublevel is very large, just like the ninth sublevel of the Subterranean Complex, but difficult nonetheless if you have a small amount of red Pikmin. Along with a few Swooping Snitchbugs who try to pick up your Pikmin, there are three Fiery Bulblaxes here, and each contains a treasure. To kill a Fiery Bulblax, you can take nine-eleven Purple Pikmin and throw them directly on top of the Bulblax as quickly as you can. Then whistle them back before they die. The Bulblax will be stunned. Repeat quickly until it dies, or if you don't have any Purples, use your Reds. Throw the Red Pikmin at the Bulblax. Or If you have Ultra-bitter Sprays, now would be a great time to use them. Throw a group of fifteen-thirty red Pikmin on top of a Fiery Bulblax, and if it tries to eat your Pikmin, spray it with the Ultra-bitter and swarm it with all your Reds. If you don’t have Ultra-Bitters, you can try using Ultra-spicy Sprays on your Red Pikmin to increase their speed and strength. If you have neither Ultra-bitters nor Ultra-spicy Sprays, try to throw Pikmin onto its back and call them back when they are in trouble. However, you may get unlucky and lose a few Pikmin with no sprays. Defeat all three Fiery Bulblaxes, and take back the Frosty Bauble, Gemstar Wife, and Essence of Despair the Bulblaxes left behind. Find the hole (which will always be behind your starting area) and continue down.

Sublevel 3

  • Hazards: Crushing (boulders)
  • Enemies: 5x Creeping Chrysanthemums, 2x Mamutas, ???x Mitites
  • Treasures: Infernal Vegetable, Child of the Earth (buried)

At first sight, this may look like a rest level; it’s not. You'll immediately notice because the "rest level theme" isn't playing. Creeping Chrysanthemums, Mamutas, and falling rocks make this calm-looking level not what it seems. Alcoves and pathways between circular areas contain falling rocks, so you may want to go in with your captains to drop the falling rocks before you begin fighting enemies. Use Purple Pikmin to defeat the Chrysanthemums, and use any Pikmin to defeat the Mamutas, unless you want them to flower your Pikmin first. One treasure, the Infernal Vegetable, is somewhere above ground, and the other treasure, the Child of the Earth, is underground, so you’ll need to listen to your Treasure Gauge with White Pikmin to find it. When everything is collected and safe, go down the hole.

Sublevel 4

The Emperor Bulblax makes a return in this wet sublevel, but this time, there’s two of them – usually one on land and one submerged in water. With one captain, take all the Pikmin. (Or not. There may be a gate nearby if you're lucky, where you can stash all but your purple pikmin.) Take the other captain out alone and check for bomb rocks. Push and position them out of the water so your purples are safe from drowning. Once the stage is set, wake up an Emperor Bulblax. When it is on or near land, lure it so that a Bomb Rock is in front of it. It will try to eat the Bomb Rock, which will explode in its mouth, taking some damage and stunning it. With the other captain, take the Pikmin and throw Purple Pikmin onto its face while it is stunned. This will take away a good chunk of his health. Repeat until he is dead, and then do the same thing for the other Bulblax. Alternatively, there are usually enough Bomb Rocks in that they will eventually eat themselves to death, reducing the risk to almost zero, but time will take longer. You may want to use Red Pikmin to disable flame geysers before you start. One of these Bulblaxes contains the Mysterious Remains – you may not even have to defeat the other one to get it! Just use the treasure meter to check which one has it, if you want to play it safe. There is also a treasure, the Milk Tub, above ground, usually behind a gate. Take both treasures back and then leave this watery sublevel. If you are in need of Blue Pikmin to collect the treasures, a Queen Candypop Bud will drop in one of the alcoves.

Sublevel 5

This is the only rest level in the Cavern of Chaos. It contains two Iridescent Flint Beetles, an Ivory Candypop Bud, a Violet Candypop Bud, a Queen Candypop Bud, and falling eggs that contain nectar or sprays. Regroup your Pikmin, go up the geyser if you need to, or continue down the hole.

Sublevel 6

This area is home to two hazards – water and electric generators. There are also Wollywogs, Water Dumples, and Anode Beetles which make it even harder. Start by using yellow Pikmin to disable electric generators near your area, unless an enemy is dangerously close to it. Kill anything near your starting area with Purples, and then go out with captains, defeating Water Dumples. Avoid Wollywogs for now. After the coast is clear, go back to your starting area, grab Purple Pikmin, and use them to defeat Wollywogs, being careful to avoid Anode Beetles, water, and electric generators you missed. After that, go back to camp, grab your yellows, and use them to kill the Anode Beetles(use blue Pikmin if they are in water). As soon as the coast is clear, you will see that one of the Wollywogs was carrying the Princess Pearl; take it back to camp (you may need Blue Pikmin if it was dropped in the water). The Growshroom is always half-buried and can be anywhere in the sublevel, usually in a puddle. Take back both treasures and any carcasses you want, and then continue down to the next sublevel.

Sublevel 7

Several Puffy Blowhogs, Withering Blowhogs, Cloaking Burrow-nits, and gas pipes inhabit this sublevel. However, the strategy is very simple – use White Pikmin to disable gas pipes, and then send Purple Pikmin or Red Pikmin to attack the Blowhogs and Burrow-Nits. Be careful of the Blowhogs' nasal blasts – they will knock most of your Pikmin over (and you too if you don’t have the Rush Boots) and, in the case of the Withering Blowhog, deflower them. One Puffy Blowhog contains the Impenetrable Cookie, and the Fuel Reservoir can be anywhere above ground, but likely behind gates. Be careful not to miss Cloaking Burrow-Nits behind walls; they might eat unwatched Pikmin at the worst possible times. Take back the treasures, find the hole, and continue down.

Sublevel 8


An image of some of the many Dwarf Red Bulborbs in Sublevel 8.

This sublevel is unique, in that it contains the most enemies of any sublevel in the game – over fifty Dwarf Red Bulborbs, along with two Gatling Groinks as well. To defeat a Gatling Groink, distract it behind a wall with 1 captain, and then come in with an army of 20-30 Purple Pikmin and attack its backside. Once it is defeated, take it back as soon as possible, as its health regenerates. To get through this sublevel without any casualties, use the aforementioned strategy on defeating Gatling Groinks, and then go through the level with an army of purples, leaving a captain with the rest of your Pikmin to keep an eye on them. Go through the sublevel, using purples to defeat the dwarves. The reason you go through the sublevel with so few Pikmin is to make sure that Pikmin that are left behind don’t get eaten by other Bulborbs. Use the purples to kill any Bulborbs that are in your path, but don’t take any of them back yet. Several parts in the sublevel have a huge cluster of Bulborbs together – resist the urge to swarm them! Just keep throwing your purple Pikmin and you will be fine. Alternatively, you may decide to attempt to lead a Groink into shooting all the Bulborbs to death, and possibly even the other Groink - however, without a good hiding spot to secure against the other Groink, this is risky, and will usually take upwards of thirty minutes to kill all of them as the Groinks are sometimes uncooperative and poor shooters. This method does prevent any deaths, assuming there is a place to hide the Pikmin from the other Groink. Eventually in the sublevel, you will get to its only treasure, the Fruit Guard, in a dead-end somewhere. If you’ve already cleared the area of Dwarf Red Bulborbs, that’s great – take the treasure back. If not, go back and clear it, as the Bulborbs will try to eat your Pikmin on the way back. After you’re sure everything is dead and all your Pikmin are safe, you can start taking back the massive amount of carcasses. Find the hole and jump down.

Sublevel 9

When you begin, you will probably be close to some gas pipes – disable these before going any further. Take note of the pool of water that will probably be near your starting area when you begin – its walls are too high for Pikmin to come out of. If any of your Pikmin fall in, you will have to move to the slope and try to call them back from there. After all the gas pipes around your area are disabled, clear out any Careening Dirigibugs in your starting area with Yellow Pikmin. After you’re done with that, place your Pikmin in a dead-end and go out with one captain. Find a Careening Dirigibug, and try to lure him so that he destroys gas pipes with his Bomb Rocks. This will save a trip for your White Pikmin. After the gas pipes are cleared out, use Blue Pikmin to take care of any enemies in water, and then go after the Careening Dirigibugs to clear out this level. The Maternal Sculpture and the Wiggle Noggin can be anywhere above ground, even in the water (in which you will need blue Pikmin to reach it). If you're lucky, they might even be right next to the Research Pod. After collecting carcasses and treasures, look for the hole and jump down.

Cavern of Chaos Final Floor

this is a layout for the final floor

Sublevel 10 (Final Floor)

Here, on the final floor, you meet a new boss called the Segmented Crawbster. This battle will be a difficult one, so it is best to take only purple Pikmin, and make sure all of them are flowered, if not, leave them out of battle. This is also a great place to use your Ultra-spicy Sprays, as the Crawbster will be much, much easier to defeat with them. Use the in-depth strategy here for defeating the boss, and then take back the Silencer. Use the eggs that might have fallen from above during the battle to give your Pikmin flowers if you need to, look for the geyser, and escape.


  • The original name for this cave was the "Den of Chaos."
  • There is a total of 54 Dwarf Red Bulborbs in Sublevel 8.